The Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee (NAC) provides leadership, advice and outreach assistance to advance Equal Justice Works’ mission of mobilizing the next generation of public interest attorneys. The NAC convenes a diverse group of law students and law school professionals to act as Equal Justice Works ambassadors within the law school and legal services communities and assist with the implementation of initiatives.
The NAC is comprised of eight law students and eight law school professionals. All 16 members serve staggered two-year terms. Equal Justice Works seeks four law students committed to public interest and social justice issues to serve two-year terms (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019).
The NAC meets in person one time per year and participates in several conference calls throughout the year. The 2017 NAC Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C. on Friday, July 28. All applicants must be available to attend this in-person meeting of the Committee. Reasonable travel and lodging costs for the NAC meeting are reimbursed by Equal Justice Works.
Because we stagger our member terms, Equal Justice Works is only looking for applicants in the Southeast, Central, Mountain and Mid-Atlantic regions from the following schools:
Alabama Kansas North Carolina Pennsylvania** Washington
Colorado Kentucky North Dakota South Carolina Washington D.C.
Delaware Louisiana Nebraska South Dakota West Virginia
Florida Maryland New Jersey Tennessee Wyoming
Georgia Missouri New York* Utah
Idaho Montana Ohio Virginia
*The state of NY is split across two regions so only students from the following schools are eligible this year: Columbia, St. John's, Brooklyn, Pace, Hofstra, CUNY, NYU, New York Law, Touro, Cardozo-Yeshiva, Fordham
**The state of PA is split across two regions so only students from the following schools are eligible this year: Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh
Interested candidates from schools outside the listed above should look to apply Spring 2018.
Personal Information
First Name*
Last Name*
Professional Email*
Address Line 1*
Address Line 2
ZIP Code*
Cell Phone Number
Law School *
If you are a law student, what is your class year?
Short Answers
Describe any student groups, public service programs or initiatives in which you participate, including any leadership positions you currently hold or held in the recent past. Please limit your response to 500 words.*
Members of the National Advisory Committee are asked to occasionally facilitate conversations with law school students, faculty, and staff; brainstorm programming ideas and advice; and write blogs and other content for Equal Justice Works. Citing examples, describe what qualities and skills you bring to the National Advisory Committee, including any successful collaborative projects in which you have been involved, especially those that may have involved bringing in individuals outside of your campus. Please limit your response to 500 words. *
Equal Justice Works is increasing our outreach to law students and working to help them connect with each other in a national network. In addition to information about our programs and opportunities, what do you think we should include in the content of our outreach? What do students want to know in relation to public interest law on their campuses and public interest legal careers? What can we do or what can we provide to develop, strengthen or support public interest and pro bono programming on law school campuses? Think outside the box! Please limit your response to 500 words.*
Letters of Reference
Reference Instructions
Include 2 reference letters using a combination of:
  • A fellow student or student organization;
  • A professional reference from an attorney supervisor;
  • An internship, externship, pro bono or clinical supervisor;
  • A law school faculty member; or
  • A member of the law school administration or advisor.
Please include the following instructions when seeking references:
An applicant for membership on the Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee (NAC) has submitted your name as a reference able to evaluate her/his qualifications for such an appointment.  As a NAC member, the applicant would be a part of a team of 14 law students and law school professionals (administration, faculty and staff) that collectively supports and advances Equal Justice Works’ goal of helping law students develop a lifelong commitment to working on behalf of underrepresented individuals, communities and causes.
To this end, the National Advisory Committee will:
  • Engage multiple law school stakeholders in its work;
  • Conduct outreach to and solicit feedback from law schools not represented on the NAC;
  • Act as Equal Justice Works ambassadors within the law school and legal services communities; and
  • Assist with the design, implementation and evaluation for select Equal Justice Works initiatives.
Suggested Recommendation Letter Content and Format
Please write a letter of recommendation sharing your insights and observations of the applicant’s potential to contribute as a NAC member.  Please provide specific examples and include your opinion on the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses in at least five of the following topics:
  • Commitment to public service and access to justice issues;
  • Leadership skills;
  • Capacity for critical thinking and problem solving;
  • Ability to effect change;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Experience working with diverse communities, groups and issues;
  • Understanding of program development, implementation and evaluation; or
  • Experience introducing new programs or organizations and curricular or extra-curricular innovations at his/her law school.
Please adhere to a maximum length of two pages, double-spaced, and include the name of the applicant on each page.
Equal Justice Works prefers that the references be included with the applications submitted. However, if you wish to email your reference separately, you may do so by emailing it to  If you have any questions, please email or call 202.466.3686.

Letter of Reference #1
Letter of Reference #2